REPORT FROM L.A.:
You’ve been out there so you’ve seen all the people not wearing masks, despite California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom mandate that Californians wear masks or face coverings while in public settings.
Now, some cities have decided to start fining scofflaws as Coronavirus surges in certain areas. In West Hollywood, it will cost you $300 for a first offense and Santa Monica will ding you with a $100 fine and a $500 for a third offense.
In L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti took a stern approach:
‘Everyone should be wearing your face covering. I’m not asking you; I’m telling you.
If there’s no mask, there should be no service in any of the places where we shop, where we work,” he said. “If you’re in contact with another person, wear that mask as a way of saying, ‘I care about you.’”
San Franciso’s Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of UC San Francisco’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, told the L.A. Times: “It’s the only way we get back to work — it’s to mask. All of the data tells us … it’s pretty clear that masking is the element that changes the trajectories of the COVID pandemic.’